Cruising European Rivers & Canals
Featuring four fascinating destinations in three different countries, this nine-night European city discovery offers a wealth of rewards. Balmoral will bring you closer to world-famous museums, iconic monuments to enchanting historic districts and stunning architectural wonders, diverting inland via picturesque waterways to dock within easy reach of the centre of each city on your itinerary.
After a short sail from Newcastle to the Netherlands, your smaller-sized ship will negotiate the complex locks and narrow passageways of the Nordzeekanaal and cruise all the way to Amsterdam,the delightful Dutch capital.[ReadMoreMob] Docking overnight here grants you time to delve deep into this diverse city; perhaps by day you’ll choose to visit the harrowing Anne Frank House, admire famous exhibits at Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, [ReadMoreDesk] and take in the sights of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring by bicycle. As night falls, the chance to take an evening boat tour along Amsterdam’s classic canals is not-to-be-missed. Then, a weekend in Belgium begins with a glide along the Western Scheldt River en route to Antwerp, where Balmoral will once again dock overnight close to highlights in the heart of the city. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts – housing works of ‘Flemish Masters’ – and the legendary diamond district are highly recommended, while no time in Antwerp is complete without indulging your sweet tooth with authentic Belgian chocolates.
Your three-day French foray will be spent on the River Seine, taking in glorious countryside scenes during hours of daytime cruising along this beautiful waterway, and enjoying time ashore in two charming cities situated on the river’s banks. After your first journey along the Seine, a full-day in Rouen affords you time to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this picturesque city. Among many exciting options, there are chances to learn of Rouen’s links to Joan of Arc at Place du Vieux Marché, where the ‘Heroine of France’ was burnt at the stake, and marvel at the magnificent Gothic-style Cathédrale de Notre Dame. Alternatively, you could tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens, or even take a trip to the landmark-laden French capital, Paris. A cruise back along the Seine brings you to Honfleur, with its 16th century streets, distinctive architecture and pretty Vieux Bassin historic maritime district. Again, you’ll have time to explore this city in depth, or simply watch the world go by at one of the quaint cafés. The iconic Bayeux Tapestry is within reach on tour from Honfleur too.